Space Pirate? NO WAI!!

Rogue Galaxy

Rogue Galaxy is…genius! This game is amazing, I just couldn’t believe an RPG could be combined with real time combat so well. It feels like a hack and slash, but if you try to slam on that ‘X’ button then you’ll be dead before you reach the first boss. No joke, it happened to me on the game’s second battle. Sad, really.


Okay, we’re jumping straight to the combat on this game. As I mentioned above, the combat is in real time. However, it’s still a random encounter. When a fight starts you get a giant flashing red ‘WARNING’ sign on your screen and when it goes away the enemies jump out of the ground. At this point you have to dispatch them with abilities, guns, arrows, swords, and flamethrowers. The weapons described above aren’t available to all the characters however, with the main character wielding a sword and handgun. In the game you have something sort of like a stamina bar that decreases when you attack, use an item, or use an ability. Once it runs out you have to run in circles like a little girl while it recharges. Or if you’re feeling skilled or just plain crazy, then you can block an enemy attack which instantaneously charges the bar to maximum power. This allows you to pull off a counter attack, no matter how much stamina you have left. The game also allows for jumping, carrying enemies, and throwing them around to amuse yourself. There’s so much more I could mention, but you’ll have to play for yourself to find out. Let’s just say one gun creates platforms on the enemies heads for you to jump on to damage them, and make use of jumping other than for attacking up high.

The story is definitely not the best out there, but honestly, not many RPG’s have very good stories anymore. In Rogue Galaxy a 17-year-old boy named Jaster is living a boring life hunting small monsters out in the desert for money. His home, the desert planet Rosa, is under control by one of two warring empires. He is tired of his monotonous life of living on an enslaved planet and one day, has his dreams fulfilled when he is mistaken for a famous monster hunter and is recruited to a crew of space pirates. Swords, space, and women. What more could you ask for in a game?


Jaster, the main character of the game.

Kisala, the only character you’ll ever care about, other than Jaster.


Anime Review – Lucky☆Star/らき☆すた Episode 05

Episode 05 – “Sharpshooter” 名射手
“Whoa there! I’m not a prize, miss!” (Psss… That was me. ;D)

So I see no difference in the show after the directior change. However, I will say that this was, out of the 5 episodes, the best. Not only did I love the MMORPG references in this episode (Konata? A tank? NO WAI! Loved how Nanako-sensei bothered her about doing her homework during the game), I loved the Yukata everyone was wearing during the festival in this episode. Lucky Channel began too early though… Or, at least, I felt it began too early within the episode. As much as I love Lucky Channel, I kind of wanted to see some more adaption of the 4-koma, y’know?

Aside from that, I loved the obvious Pocket Monsters reference (Getto daze~! / Gotta Catch em’ all~!) and Konata’s karoke of CHA-LA HEAD CHA-LA at the end of this episode. Aya Hirano sure idolizes Kageyama Hironobu. x3

Today’s ending…

Anime Review – Lucky☆Star/らき☆すた Episode 04

Episode 4 – “Motivation Issues” やる気の問題

Brigade armband, desho desho??

Tsukasa = Akari Kamigishi from To Heart.
Yes, she’s going to make you cosplay. ~~

Konata’s tedency to procrastinate blossoms in this episode. Real suprise, huh? Actually… it’s just like me, actually. Wanna do homework… oh wait! I must go to the computer and play some MMORPGs first… Now then… Oh wait! My favorite show’s on… Okay, now… Oh wait! I must go to some internet forums for a bit. Okay now… wait, there’s nothing else to do. Oh well! Let’s just lay down and stare at the whole, I’ll get to it eventually.

I loved this episode. This episode was bursting with anime references, notably the obvious ones such as some TMoHS references and the To Heart reference. It’s Grade A+ really. The series is getting more and more laugh-inducing as each episode passes. That’s a good thing… right?

So I read Viz’s Shakugan no Shana light novel and manga today…

Sad Shana

So the light novel was still readable, the translation was hopefully and surely solid, and it was highly enjoyable to read the source material bound between real covers without looking in the dictionary every five minutes. The only problems are… the annoyingly large text don’t really care and the unneeded cropping of two of the illustrations.

English in-bed pictureJapanese in-bed picture
Thanks to Darrenm and GyroidFanatic from forums for the pics.

Fawk, I say. FAWK. I honestly see nothing to censor. Are Shana’s panties really that detailed and err… “arousing” for it to be kept in for a teenaged audience? I don’t even think that’s bad for little kids Or is it that Yuji is sleeping in bed with her? Either way, he’s still sleeping in bed with her. (:

I remember the days where Viz would keep in Goku’s wee-wee for all to see in their early editions of the Dragon Ball manga… they really went censorship crazy since then.

This is the only bull I care about. Aside from this and the large text, it’s all fine.